With all this talk of North Korea, Russia, and a litany of nuclear weapons placed precariously around the planet, the friendly folks of Alabama had a real scare on Tuesday.
In the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday, residents of Northern Alabama were startled as a large, loud “boom” rocked an enormous swath of the state. The sound was loud enough to send several residents into a panic, and to inspire a trending Twitter hashtag, #BamaBoom.
Given Hunstville, Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal facility, many assumed that the sound was the result of a propulsion test or a possible sonic boom, but many experts disagree that either scenario may have played a role.
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“The National Weather Service in Birmingham hypothesized the sound originated from an aircraft sonic boom or a meteorite from the Leonid shower.
“NASA’s Bill Cooke says the origin of the mysterious boom still remains unclear but shut down the NWS’ theory of a Leonid shower meteroite.
“Cooke says the sound could have been produced by a bolide, large supersonic aircraft or a ground explosion.
“According to Cooke, NASA’s meteor scientists will continue to analyze new data in hopes of determining the cause of the ‘boom.’
“ABC 33/40 has reached out to Maxwell Air Force Base to see if a pilot could have broken the sound barrier with a training exercise.”
The Leonid meteor shower explanation has already been employed in Phoenix, Arizona this week after a massive light was seen in the night sky over the southwestern city this week, startling civilians on the ground and making for some incredible 6 o’clock news footage after being captured on a municipal camera.
The Bama Boom is just the latest in a series of unexplained sounds that have frightened Americans over the course of the last few years. Earlier in 2017, Connecticut was rocked by an eerily similar sound, which, in turn, followed strange reports of unexplained noises that plagued the state of Michigan just a few years ago.